Monday 21st April 2014,
The Liz Army

Browsing the "seizure" Tag

Me at age 2 (or 3) and me last week.

Holy shit: nearly five years since first seizure, happy birthday to me

I think the title of this blog post really speaks for itself, but in case you need me to spell it out for you… It’s been nearly five-fucking-years since my first seizure. I know most people living with cancer recognize [...]

July 21, 2013 Surviving
lift with your head

Lift with your head: the other 90% of my brain

In the past I have viewed exercise as a chore. Repetitive weight lifting and mindless jogs on a treadmill were never my idea of fun. But I still have cancer in my brain–so I need to do something to feel like [...]

September 30, 2012 Surviving
The Collosseum in Rome, Italy.

Traveling with brain cancer and epilepsy

I just returned from a trip to Rome! (Hence the lack of posts.) Yay! It was my first time out of the country, except for a day trip I took to Tijuana when I was seven. But that doesn’t count. And [...]

October 4, 2011 Surviving
deja-vu-5

Over-thinking everything

Yesterday evening I was overwhelmed with a significant feeling of déjà vu. According to Wikipedia, déjà vu is the experience of feeling sure that one has already witnessed or experienced a current situation, even though the exact circumstances of the previous encounter are [...]

June 4, 2011 Surviving
Purposeful sleep deprivation

Purposeful sleep deprivation

Have you ever had an EEG? I haven’t. But tomorrow morning at 6:45 I will. And to prep for it I can only sleep four hours! From midnight until 4, in fact. Why? The more exhausted you are, there is [...]

February 2, 2011 In Treatment
Engaged: Brett and Liz

This is what cute looks like: engaged with brain cancer

There is much going on in my world right now. I am tired. And the seizure drugs (and the lasting impact of chemotherapy) leaves me with a cloud above my head. My physical body feels much like Pig Pen‘s dust [...]

September 13, 2010 In Treatment
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What is family?

There’s a guy I know who thinks he’s old. I don’t think he’s old, but he certainly knows a lot of things. He’s a well educated man (now practicing law from a home office) who wakes up each day around [...]

August 29, 2010 In Treatment
Maintenance

Maintenance

About a month ago I thought a mystery had been solved regarding my body tremors. (See: Mystery solved.) In a nutshell, the tremors were due to my increase in taking the anti-epileptic medication Depakote. I was advised on a new way to [...]

August 29, 2010 In Treatment
’80s dance party in the operating room

’80s dance party in the operating room

I just finished a pre-op appointment with Dr. Z, orthopedic surgeon and all-around good guy. After going through the details of the surgery he asked me if I had questions. I asked all the usual things one in my situation [...]

March 1, 2010 In Treatment
meds in the desk

Desk drawer

I keep emergency seizure meds in my desk at work. Who doesn’t? [...]

February 22, 2010 In Treatment
Me, four days after first brain surgery -- late September 2008

Cancer-versary

Happy cancer-versary to me. It was on this day last year that I was “officially” informed, in person, by my neurosurgeon that I did indeed have a cancerous brain tumor. (Unlike many brain cancer peeps, my tumor was surrounded in [...]

October 3, 2009 In Treatment
I think, therefore I am

I think, therefore I am

My brain is having its photo taken tomorrow via MRI. I will be having MRIs every two months over the next year as I continue to take Temodar (chemo). I have been on this drug for five months, have been [...]

July 16, 2009 In Treatment